Liquid breeze past OpTic at London Major

Liquid are off to a flying start at the FACEIT Major after picking up a comprehensive 16-4 victory over OpTic on Mirage in the first round of the NEw Challengers Stage.

The match began with Liquid holding off an A execute from OpTic in the pistol round, with Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski getting three kills to his name. After picking up both anti-ecos, the North Americans continued their good run, with the scoreline blooming to a 6-0 advantage.

OpTic leader Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer then called a timeout in a bid to halt Liquid's momentum, but the Danes would have to wait two more rounds to finally get something going. There was no follow-up to the round, however, as Liquid hit back immediately, further cementing their lead. OpTic looked disorganised at times and unable to find a way through the water-tight Liquid defence, so it was with no surprise that the first half ended with a 13-2 scoreline.

Liquid are 1-0 in the New Challengers Stage

Jakob "JUGi" Hansen rescued OpTic with a decisive 1v1 in the pistol round to keep his team in it, but that did not change the course of the game. After giving up a full eco round, Liquid regained control of proceedings and quickly hit match point. With the internet in the building now down, the match was finished offline, and the North Americans did not let that distraction get to them, claiming the final round they needed to seal a convincing win.

Matchpage
16
4
5th September 2018
16
Mirage
4
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 20 - 9 +11 107.2 1.75
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 24 - 12 +12 112.8 1.72
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 12 - 6 +6 66.8 1.32
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 16 - 10 +6 88.0 1.29
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 14 - 7 +7 69.6 1.23
 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig 12 - 18 -6 80.6 0.97
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade 11 - 18 -7 58.1 0.80
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 8 - 17 -9 44.9 0.53
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi 6 - 16 -10 49.5 0.41
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 7 - 18 -11 37.5 0.35

The Swiss standings after the first seven matches look as follows:

United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1110
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
875
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.10
#1
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Russia notBaitzera_SK 
Best NA team carried by Brazilian XD
2018-09-05 23:36
#3
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United Kingdom iMarbot 
lol, nice production for FACEIT Stream Dead... GOTV Dead... Clean Feed for other languages dead... No communication... No idea whats happening...
2018-09-05 23:37
#20
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United States Globebuster 
expected ez for NA
2018-09-05 23:38
Something about Island countries and internet which is always bad xD *cough* Mykonos ESG Tour
2018-09-05 23:43
#38
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United Kingdom iMarbot 
my internet is great tyvm :>
2018-09-05 23:44
Awhh I gotcha, I sowwy my fran
2018-09-06 03:24
#54
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New Zealand KZPY 
ok
2018-09-06 00:21
#45
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United States SilveryoHD 
London production OMEGALUL
2018-09-05 23:57
#51
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Italy Gio_bose 
Us school shootings omegalul
2018-09-06 00:16
Atleast we know how to execute...
2018-09-06 00:24
Wow.. so fucked up and funny at the same time. Awesome job lol
2018-09-06 03:36
#58
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United States SilveryoHD 
calling cops oh you now for offencive meme see ya in a year
2018-09-06 00:53
#70
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North America noahB_ 
Oi, u gotta license for that joke?
2018-09-06 05:15
Lul 11 rounds in he was 1 in 4 nt
2018-09-05 23:38
#41
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Brazil erfur 
Good joke... taco is doing worst than it was in sk....
2018-09-05 23:54
#44
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Brazil Juneco 
maybe that's because SK in 2017 was >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> liquid 2018
2018-09-05 23:57
#52
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Italy Gio_bose 
Nt 0/8
2018-09-06 00:16
#56
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Brazil Juneco 
i like t liquid bro, but sk was insane last year.
2018-09-06 00:39
mad cuz sk suck without taco
2018-09-06 00:01
#49
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Brazil erfur 
im not mad its just facts... just compare stats...
2018-09-06 00:04
So, Taco joined Liquid in April, playing his first match on April 6th. His rating for this period is 0.96. hltv.org/stats/players/9217/TACO?startDa.. He went inactive for SK Gaming on the 22nd of March, and he had played with that line-up since 23rd of November, 2015. His rating for the whole time he was with the amazing, back-to-back major-winning, dominating Luminosity/SK line-ups was... ... ...0.95. hltv.org/stats/players/9217/TACO?startDa.. Yes, you are mad, and it's not just facts. You're just a dumbass.
2018-09-06 06:44
#72
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Brazil erfur 
So you just comparing all time round that is easy, but compare periods that the the brazilian team was doing good, using your time that you researched is just 0.01 rating above and look at the percentage of headshots as dropped and rounds saved by teammates increased... the deaths per round incresead too and the stats is just that liquid is doing good but imagine a dark period how would be....
2018-09-06 15:17
#60
ableJ | 
Bangladesh DisableJ 
lmao just, no
2018-09-06 02:09
elige is Polish though
2018-09-06 00:46
#2
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United States itso 
LIQUID ASTRALIS IN MAJOR FINAL CONFIRMED
2018-09-05 23:36
#39
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Turkey headshotk1ng 
Liquid - NiP*
2018-09-05 23:53
Lol nip. This foo got jokes!
2018-09-06 03:38
#64
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Turkey headshotk1ng 
u must be high duud, nickname checks out !
2018-09-06 03:38
Nip will not make the finals. I wish I lived near u so we could actually bet on this. I'd even give some odds
2018-09-06 03:43
#46
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United States SilveryoHD 
I hope
2018-09-05 23:58
#4
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Spain loviac 
R EZ
2018-09-05 23:37
#5
s1mple | 
India S1ayR 
Rip streams
2018-09-05 23:37
GG worst Danish team
2018-09-05 23:37
+100
2018-09-06 03:39
#7
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Hungary StraYzie 
I know OpTic played with Rickeh for 6 round :D But still, Liquid to win the Major! <3 Gonitr0
2018-09-05 23:37
#8
k0nfig | 
Denmark QDouble 
Expected
2018-09-05 23:37
#9
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Sweden ilovenip 
📞 4Head HELLO FACEIT? 📞 4Head VALVE HERE 4Head 📞 LAST MAJOR 📞 4Head
2018-09-05 23:37
#10
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United Kingdom trtr098 
Hello faceit Valve here Last major
2018-09-05 23:37
#11
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Denmark Sir_Cumcised 
Optic looking like a team with no ideas at all
2018-09-05 23:37
#12
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Sweden ThorinEk 
thanks god hltv is here cause faceit dont let us follow the event
2018-09-05 23:37
#13
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Europe KrepaN 
LAST MAJOR INC
2018-09-05 23:37
#14
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Poland vzk 
EZ
2018-09-05 23:37
#15
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Spain GonGon 
Stats to follow W A T
2018-09-05 23:37
#16
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United Kingdom DyNamiq_ 
Faceit tier 10000 production
2018-09-05 23:37
#17
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Turkey headshotk1ng 
Expected
2018-09-05 23:38
Don't they have backup internet?
2018-09-05 23:38
good thing I got to watch it.. o wait
2018-09-05 23:38
thank you for the SPOILER
2018-09-05 23:38
#23
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United States Trump2020KAG 
liquid baby so so good
2018-09-05 23:38
♿ptic
2018-09-05 23:38
#25
Xyp9x | 
China Autumn7 
PGL > FACEIT INC
2018-09-05 23:39
#26
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Brazil Redneckbr 
Spoileer!
2018-09-05 23:39
Too bad we COULDN'T FUCKING SEE THE FINAL ROUND ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wanna buy the best apples in HLTV? call me NOW: 011-1337-APPLE and get an 80% discount on your first 5 kilos!
2018-09-05 23:39
#28
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United States TriHardSeven 
OPTIC LUL BUDGET NORTH
2018-09-05 23:40
More like budget tyloo minus the aim
2018-09-06 03:40
#29
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Algeria Crashwow 
4Head HELLO FACEIT 📞 4Head VALVE HERE 📞 4Head LAST MAJOR 📞 4Head 4Head HELLO FACEIT 📞 4Head VALVE HERE 📞 4Head LAST MAJOR 📞 4Head 4Head HELLO FACEIT 📞 4Head VALVE HERE 📞 4Head LAST MAJOR 📞 4Head 4Head HELLO FACEIT 📞 4Head VALVE HERE 📞 4Head LAST MAJOR 📞 4Head 4Head HELLO FACEIT 📞 4Head VALVE HERE 📞 4Head LAST MAJOR 📞 4Head 4Head HELLO FACEIT 📞 4Head VALVE HERE 📞 4Head LAST MAJOR 📞 4Head 4Head HELLO FACEIT 📞 4Head VALVE HERE 📞 4Head LAST MAJOR 📞 4Head 4Head HELLO FACEIT 📞 4Head VALVE HERE 📞 4Head LAST MAJOR 📞 4Head 4Head HELLO FACEIT 📞 4Head VALVE HERE 📞 4Head LAST MAJOR 📞 4Head 4Head HELLO FACEIT 📞 4Head VALVE HERE 📞 4Head LAST MAJOR 📞 4Head 4Head HELLO FACEIT 📞 4Head VALVE HERE 📞 4Head LAST MAJOR 📞 4Head 4Head HELLO FACEIT 📞 4Head VALVE HERE 📞 4Head LAST MAJOR 📞 4Head 4Head HELLO FACEIT 📞 4Head VALVE HERE 📞 4Head LAST MAJOR 📞 4Head 4Head HELLO FACEIT 📞 4Head VALVE HERE 📞 4Head LAST MAJOR 📞 4Head 4Head HELLO FACEIT 📞 4Head VALVE HERE 📞 4Head LAST MAJOR 📞 4Head 4Head HELLO FACEIT 📞 4Head VALVE HERE 📞 4Head LAST MAJOR 📞 4Head 4Head HELLO FACEIT 📞 4Head VALVE HERE 📞 4Head LAST MAJOR 📞 4Head 4Head HELLO FACEIT 📞 4Head VALVE HERE 📞 4Head LAST MAJOR 📞 4Head
2018-09-05 23:40
HELLO FACEIT 📞 I AM AN IBUYPOWER FAN IN 2018 📞 BECAUSE I AM A RETARD 📞
2018-09-05 23:43
#42
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Algeria Crashwow 
faze fangay
2018-09-05 23:56
He kinda does have a point tho .
2018-09-06 03:41
#69
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Algeria Crashwow 
Yes, ofc he is also retarded
2018-09-06 05:09
#30
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Finland Smoonah 
ez haha
2018-09-05 23:41
#31
ropz | 
United States Glad1us 
Wish we could have seen the final round 10/10 production quality.
2018-09-05 23:41
#32
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Brazil BrasCubas 
: 4Head HELLO FACEIT? :telephone_receiver: 4Head VALVE HERE 4Head :telephone_receiver: LAST MAJOR :telephone_receiver: 4Head
2018-09-05 23:41
📞 4Head HELLO FACEIT? 📞 4Head VALVE HERE 4Head 📞 LAST MAJOR 📞 4Head
2018-09-05 23:41
#34
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United States pepehands420 
optic don't belong in the same server as liquid, straight up fucking LOSERS i hope stan gets the chance to play them and get some revenge.
2018-09-05 23:42
#35
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World taco__ 
I literally spend 11 hours watching 7 BO1s. You suck Faceit fukin hell.
2018-09-05 23:43
#40
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Czech Republic fnx_2_majors 
Ez for LULquid
2018-09-05 23:54
Hey you can only use that verb when NRG wins
2018-09-05 23:56
#50
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Nigeria Eruptor 
Lol n1
2018-09-06 00:10
#47
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United States TeamLiquid 
Expected
2018-09-05 23:59
#53
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New Zealand KZPY 
optic got rekt
2018-09-06 00:21
#59
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Croatia Jack Russell 
Looking good
2018-09-06 02:08
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